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BUSM4409 Information and Technology Management

Individual Assignment Management Brief

Assignment 2 20% of semester marks
(Sunday 17th April, 2016)

Assignment Objectives
On completing this assignment, you will:
o Develop an appreciation of the business/project management/collaboration information systems
that are available for a defined market segment,
o Develop critical thinking skills, through identifying, analysing, evaluating and developing
arguments which illustrate thoughtful appreciation of business need for a technology and
information management system,
o Know how to search and locate literature (e.g. journal articles, trade magazines, product
reviews, etc.) using library and internet resources, and
o Analyse information found in the discovered literature and synthesise new knowledge into a
written report.

Assignment Brief
Scenario: You have completed the investigation into the information systems when Jim Coffee (the
firms chief construction executive and a member of the senior leadership team) says that following the
excitement generated at Board level by your previous management report he wants you to prepare
another management report for the senior leadership teams next meeting. Some members of the
senior leadership team have expressed interest in understanding more detail about particular
information systems.
Write a management report of around 2000 words explaining (with reference to the course
brief): (a) the business value proposition for the selected information system, (b) a detailed
explanation of the information systems features and functions and how they align to the
firms business functional areas/operations, and (c) how the information system will assist
the firms project managers in managing projects.

Note: Select one of the following system categories to discuss and report on.

Customer Relationship Project Portfolio Building Information Enterprise Resource

Management (CRM) Management (PPM) Modelling (BIM) Planning (ERP)
e-Procurement Collaboration Enterprise Content Knowledge Based
Management Information System Management (ECM) Systems (KBS/KM)
Materials Resource Mobility Solutions Social Computing Asset management
management (MRP)

Remember the audience is the senior (executive) leadership team who are NOT technology literate so
you should use appropriate business language and refrain from using project management,
construction, or technical jargon.

Submission Requirements
o Ensure that the font size and style you choose can be easily read. It is recommended that if you
use Arial as your font, the minimum font size should be 10 point. If using Times New Roman the
minimum font size should be 12 point. Type your work using 1 line spacing.
o Author date (Harvard) referencing to be provided for all submissions as appropriate.
o The Report should be submitted as a pdf file. Include page numbers and student name in the
o Please ensure that the unit name and number and your name and student identification
number are stated clearly on the front cover.
o Include an assignment cover sheet.

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Assignment marking criteria

Assessment Fail Pass Credit Distinction High Distinction
(0-49%) (50-59%) (60-69%) (70-79%) (80-100%)

1. Fulfilment of Failure to adequately Broadly completed but All parts dealt with Some parts done All parts done very
overall address the main tasks and some parts are superficially satisfactorily. excellently. well.
lack of understanding of the treated misunderstood or Some isolated examples of Material presented is Exceeds or refines the
assignment excellence. Material has strongly linked to task task requirements.
brief nearly overlooked.
intent, 75% good linkage to task. and comprehension of
task is high.
With reference to the course brief, PMBoK 5th edition, and literature:
Clearly identifies the business value proposition for the using information system, the key features and functions and their alignment to functional business areas,
how the information system can be used by the project managers.
2. Structure and Poor structure, illogically Structured well enough to Sequence and structure Ideas are sequenced in Structure and sequence
organisation, organised; irrelevance and make sense; could be are logical and easy to a logically satisfying are used effectively to
confusion. better organised and follow. way and connections help integrate ideas or
more tightly focused on Introductory and between different support logical
the topic. concluding sections used themes or sections are argument. Soundly
Instances of irrelevance effectively. well made. structured throughout.
or confusion.

3. Grammar and Unclear, confused Clear enough to be Language is generally Language use Powerful, confident and
spelling, 15% expression. Lots if spelling, understood; some confused sound and clear demonstrates precision precise use of language;
punctuation, and grammar or unclear expression. throughout, business-like and expressiveness as mastery of style and tone.
mistakes. Spelling, punctuation, & and little use of jargon. well as clarity.
grammar satisfactory but Spelling, punctuation, &
likely to need attention. grammar very good.

Report Writing Check List

A note about plagiarism
o Are the purpose and aims clear? o Do figures add up? Please do not express the ideas of others as your own.
o Are readers needs taken into account? o Is there a good use of graphics? If you are quoting someone else, use quotation marks
o Are the main points included? o Is the language clear and easy to understand? and cite the source. If you are citing a source use
o Are the points supported by evidence? o Is the style formal? Harvard referencing. If you are paraphrasing them, you
o Is all the information relevant to the purpose? o Is the tone suited to the purpose? still have to cite the source. Please refer to RMITs
o Is there any (unnecessary) repetition? o Are the any unnecessary words or phrases? plagiarism policy.
o Is the order logical? o Is the grammar and punctuation correct?
o Are the headings and numbering clear? o Is the spelling ok?
o Is the information presented clearly? o Are the conclusions and recommendations clearly linked to the purpose and based on findings?

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